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Overview

Introduction to Watchung, New Jersey

Watchung, New Jersey is 8 miles N of Edison, New Jersey and 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. It is in Somerset County.

Watchung History

Watchung was incorporated on March 23, 1926. Watchung was a semi-rural community with a very small population up until the beginning of the 20th century. The Plainfield riots of 1967 caused a large number of people to move from the city into the Watchung Hill area.

Watchung and nearby Attractions

  • Community Children's Museum
  • Boxwood Hall
  • Eagle Rock Reservation
  • U.S Bicycling Hall of Fame
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
  • Waterloo Village

Things To Do In Watchung

Local museums include the Drake House Museum, the Thomas A. Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, and the Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum. Nearby historic sites nearby include the Israel Crane House, Grover Cleveland’s Home and the Buccleuch Mansion. Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park, Washington Rock State Park, and Washington Valley Park are some of the nearby parks, while the Staten Island Zoo is accessible from Watchung as well.

Watchung Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the nearest major airport.

Watchung Higher Education

Nearby colleges and universities include Drew University, Montclair State University, College of Saint Elizabeth, and Bloomfield College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,944
Male Share of the Population50.6%
Female Share of the Population49.4%
Senior Citizens19.4%
Employed Population 16+2,708
Age of the Population45

Families

% of people married55%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher60.1%
Median Earnings25+$57,447
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$37,120

Wealth

Median Family Income$153,531
% Above Poverty Level97%
% Below Poverty Level3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time34 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0%
% Using Public Transportation1.8%

Housing

People Living Alone12.6%
Median Gross Rent$1,479
Median House Value$752,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)25.7%
Italian17%
Irish12%
Polish11.9%
German10.6%
Russian4.5%
Portuguese4.3%
Swedish3.1%
Greek2.5%
Dutch2.4%
French Except Basque2.2%
Hungarian2%
Canadian1.3%
English1.1%
Slovak0.6%
Scottish0.6%
Austrian0.6%
Syrian0.6%
Arab0.6%
West Indian0.5%
Czech0.5%
Finnish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
US/American0.4%
Ukrainian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Welsh0.3%
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Watchung Almanac

CategoryValue
County Somerset County
Standard Zip Codes7069
Phone Area Codes908
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.64
Approximate Longitude-74.44

Watchung Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationPLAINFIELD
Distance3.8 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationCANOE BROOK
Distance9.4 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
StationSOMERVILLE 4 NW
Distance10.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip47.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fanwood7,530$144,559
Green Brook7,141$141,127
North Plainfield22,106$86,149
Plainfield50,578$56,153
Scotch Plains24,068$131,739
Warren15,966$168,056

Watchung Public Schools

Bayberry School
Bayberry Lane
ZIP: 7069
(908) 755-8184
Primary
Total Enrollment 363
Valley View School
50 Valley View Road
ZIP: 7069
(908) 755-4422
Middle
Total Enrollment 327
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